What’s Wrong with Television?

        You ever wonder what happened to television? What happened to shows like Little House on the Prairie, The Walton’s – the good wholesome family shows that used to come on when we were growing up? The ones that come on now like The Secret Life of an American Teenager, Degrassi; what has happened to television programming? I know what you are going to say – Life.

I was cleaning the house, taking care of the typical Saturday morning rituals. As I was loading the dishwasher Ally, my youngest was watching Transformers. She knows this movie word for word and she tends to play along with the movie. I walked into the living room to reinforce she had taken care of her hair, and I hear someone (and her) call someone a *#^*.  And as I turn to her, she does not even look up to see the appalled look on my face.  Now, I am trying to rationalize, she has watched this movie 1,000 times, so why is this the first time I had heard that. I shook it off, regrouped and hurried back to my chores.

It is the strangest thing. Television programming filled with pregnant teenagers, homosexual couples, children telling their parents how to live their lives, and schools where promiscuity isn’t even noticed, or is accepted as a way of life. Movies and music filled with profanity and violence.

Growing up I can not remember my father ever using profanity. He still doesn’t in the presence of his children. My daughter has had to have her mouth threatened with her choice of soap on an occasion or two, as a result of her father’s inability to control himself. My youngest has yet to have this happen, but I am assuming she too will taste the freshness of Dial one day. She has less control than her sister.

I have to wonder why the world has changed to this. I have made one girl to age 19 and ready to begin college. I have talked with her many times about what we, as a family, believe spiritually, and hope she has learned something. If so, then she will be able to provide a home and a two-parent family for her children. This will keep her from having to work twice as much to be two parents.

I have also spoken with her about carrying that bar of soap with her as a reminder. Jess was here for her last night before leaving for college. We lay in bed watching episodes of Hot in Cleveland. Jess is a major Betty White fan. In the show, when Valerie Bertinelli would have a mishap, she would express her anger in some unconventional way, like puppy toes or something. Growing up, my father never used profanity around us. My mother, well, when she lost her temper she used profane words and I think she created new ones.

       You know, you want to raise your children right. Then you realize right changes so much, you have to wonder – what is right? I don’t think anyone knows anymore. I know I want grandkids, but not until there are two employed parents to give them everything they need. Then I can give them everything they want. Works for me!

        Published September 29, 2011, Ruston Daily Leader, The Park Bench.

Published by touring from the park bench

A blogger, columnist, educator, researcher, social media enthusiast, and writer with a zest for knowledge; Brenda is the founder of "Touring from the Park Bench"; formerly the column and now, the blog. Her diversified background has enabled her to research and write in Arts and Sciences, knowledgeably and creditably. Her writing themes include Behavioral Sciences, Christianity, Criminal Justice, Education, Fitness, Healthcare and Informatics, Lifestyle, Psychology, and Sociology. Brenda thrives on researching and learning, which has enabled her in work in Technical Writing and Communications for over five years. Though varied in her traits, she has considered the distinctions of others, as a contribution, an honor, and a privilege to behold. She acknowledges her acceptance through collaboration and communication with professionals in other disciplines, forming meaningful partnerships through the culmination of challenging projects. She feels It is through interaction that awareness, integration, and success in finding solutions to mutual problems are constructed. She sees adaptability as her best characteristic, and modesty as her worst. She currently lives in Florida with her youngest daughter and her chihuahua. She has professed in words life lessons such as learning the day is scarier than the night, for you will see the harm that befalls you, and betrayal is painful. She's learned unconditional love is never stronger as seen in the very young and in the very old. She's learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate so much. She's learned the only certainty in life is death- so, be ready. She's learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and that patience is the most taught virtue. She often finds nature as deeply overwhelming and has come to realize how important grounding is for the body and soul. It’s the fleeting moments people don’t take advantage of like when caught in a rainstorm, when snowflakes begin to fall and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of your skin. AUTHOR'S WORDS~ "Have you ever watched over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud as it blooms? It is almost like watching your children grow, all too quickly, they aren’t children anymore, and neither are you. Live life while you can for you do not get a second chance.”

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